Work has begun on the fourth cruise ship in Celebrity Cruise's Edge Class.
The ceremonial first cut of steel of Celebrity Ascent was held today, which will make its debut in early 2023.
Steel cutting is important because it marks the official start of construction of a new cruise ship.
Ascent is under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
"The name of this new ship is very apropos as the industry rebounds, but also as Celebrity continues to lead the industry as an unmatched new-luxury brand and cruise line," said Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Celebrity Cruises. "Celebrity Ascent will take the industry to new heights as it pushes the boundaries of what people can experience on a ship and how they experience it."
"What another wonderful moment for our brand, our company and our industry to be in this incredible shipyard making the traditional first cut of steel on this magnificent ship and signaling the bright future that lies ahead," said Lutoff-Perlo. "While I wish I could share what we have in store for this ship, I can tell you our ‘Ascent’ will be Celebrity Beyond’s sister ship in every way, and then some."